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Spain's healthcare cull on hold, HTA and central procurement on track

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Two significance projects aimed to cut healthcare costs in Spain got the go-head from regional governments on 3 October. The legislation needed to bring in the national health technology assessment (HTA) agency, which will be modelled on the UK's NICE, has been formally approved for passage into law; and there is progress with the planned expansion of the centralised vaccines-purchasing 'platform': a proposed list of target vaccine products is close to being unveiled. However, further cost-cutting measures were put on hold.

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